Honoring LT Anna Olson

LT Anna Olson’s journey to Changing the World Now From Maryland

By Cassidy Riley Posted Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:26

From an early age, Anna knew she wanted to be a part of the military community. She grew up at Monument, CO, a town just north of the Air Force Academy (AFA) and about 30 minutes from Fort Carson.

Anna was inspired by her uncle, a retired Marine Corps pilot, and her cousin, an active duty Marine Corps. They were her immediate connections and have been present in her journey since the beginning, her uncle administering Anna’s Oath of Office, and her cousin led Anna’s First Salute.

Anna graduated from University of San Francisco in May 2018 with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and recently celebrated her graduation from the Army Medical Corps's BOLC (Basic Officer Leadership Course) in San Antonio, TX.

Today LT. Olson is establishing her nursing career at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Anna vividly remembers that her dad often bought season passes to the AFA girl's basketball games. Watching those games made evident that those women not only played a sport but also had another duty, they would serve after graduation. Anna reflected on what serving meant and dreamt of one day playing on that team with the Air Force jersey.

While Anna stayed very active, she never made it to the Air Force basketball team, but for her professional career, she found her heart in nursing.

The summer before her senior year, Anna was selected to go to West Point and the Coast Guard Academy for a leadership experience where she would get a feeling of the academy life. Although she enjoyed this opportunity, she also learned the value of balancing between the military lifestyle and college. The University of San Francisco ROTC program provided the best of both worlds, and Anna pursued her degree in nursing.

Today Anna realizes the military gave her a team, leadership skills, educational opportunities (being able to study at a university with a fantastic program), and overall opportunities to advance her career with further education and training.

The combination of University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions and ROTC is one of the hardest academic possibilities, but today Anna would not trade her experience for the world. Anna knows that through such efforts she gained the confidence to become the strong leader she is today to Change the World Now From Maryland.